Monitoring the status of health equity in Bangladesh: The BHEW Survey 2002


While the decline in infant mortality is impressive, it is not known whether the decline has been equal for all groups in the population nationally. Specifically, are differentials between socioeconomic and gender groups closing? What is the situation in the urban slums or in difficult to reach areas usually inhabited by ethnic minorities compared to the rest of the country. While the decline in mortality is impressive, it is not known whether the decline has been equal for all groups in the population nationally. Specifically, are differentials between socioeconomic and gender groups closing? What is the situation in the urban slums or in difficult to reach areas usually inhabited by ethnic minorities compared to the rest of the country. Similar questions can also be asked about the morbidity, nutritional status, utilization and accessibility of the healthcare services. Also important to know is the resource allocation and expenditure on health services by the public and private sector equity sensitive. Based on the answers of the above questions on a continual basis policy makers and programme personnel can devise appropriate strategies to avoid inequity in health status of the population. With the above background the Bangladesh Health Equity Watch (BHEW) was launched.

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  • Writer Name: Syed Masud Ahmed, Abbas Bhuiya, AKM Masud Rana, Abdullahel Hadi, Simeen Mahmud, Abdus Salam, Mushtaque Chowdhury
  • Published Date: Wednesday, 12 March 2003
  • Country: Bangladesh